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CHAN 0761

Sacred Garland: Devotional Chamber Music from the Age of Monteverdi

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2009

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

The Gonzaga Band



Venue:

Church of St Andrew, Toddington



Producer:

Adrian Hunter



Engineer:

Adrian Hunter



Record Label
Chaconne

Genre:

Chamber


Early Music

Total Time - 62:28
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NICOLO CORRADINI

(d. 1646)
1 

Spargite flores

4:19
  from Motetti… libro primo (Venice, 1613)  
 

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI

(1567-1643)
2 

Venite, sitientes ad aquas

4:09
  from Seconda raccolta de sacri canti (Venice, 1624)  
 

GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA

(1525/26-1594)
3 

Pulchra es amica mea

4:34
  with divisions by Francesco Rognoni (d. after 1626)  
  from Selva di varii passaggi (Milan, 1620)  
 

ALESSANDRO GRANDI

(1586-1630)
4 

Jesu, mi dulcissime

3:20
  from Motetti… con sinfonie… libro secondo (Vencie, 1625)  
 

MICHELANGELO ROSSI

(c. 1602-1656) attrib.
5 

Partite sopra la Romanesca

2:43
  from a MS appended to Toccate et correnti (Rome, 1657)  
 

TARQUINIO MERULA

(1594/95-1665)
6 

Nigra sum

3:53
  from Il primo libro de motetti e sonate concertati (Venice, 1624)  
 

ALESSANDRO PICCININI

(1566-c. 1638)
7 

Toccata XII

2:34
  from Intavolatura di liuto, et di chitarrone, libro primo (Bologna, 1623)  
 

IGNATIO DONATI

(c. 1570-1638)
8 

O gloriosa Domina

3:30
  from Flores praestantissimorum (Milan, 1626)  
 

GIOVANNI BATTISTA BOVICELLI

(fl. 1592-1594)
9 

Angelus ad pastores

4:05
  Sacred contrafactum and divisions on Anchor che col partire by Cipriano de Rore (1515/16-1565)  
  from Regole, passaggi di musica, madrigali et motetti passeggiati (Venice, 1594)  
 

GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI

(1583-1643)
10 

Canzona 'La Bernardinia'

3:03
  from Il primo libro delle canzoni (Rome, 1628)  
 

GIOVANNI PICCHI

(fl. 1600-1625)
11 

Toccata

4:31
  from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book  
 

BENEDETTO RE

(fl. early 17th c.)
12 

Tulerunt Dominum

3:19
  from Sacrum cantionum (Venice, 1618)  
 

GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI

13 

Canzona 'La Capriola'

3:29
  from Il primo libro delle canzoni (Rome, 1628)  
 

GIOVANNI GIROLAMO KAPSBERGER

(c. 1580-1651)
14 

Toccata VII

3:58
  from Libro quarta d'intavolatura di chitarrone (Rome, 1640)  
 

ARCHANGELO CROTTI

(fl. 1608)
15 

Congratulamini

3:52
  from Il primo libro de'concerti ecclesiastici (Venice, 1608)  
 

GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI

16 

Toccata I

3:46
  from Il secondo libro di toccate (Rome, 1637)  
 

TARQUINIO MERULA

17 

Gaudeamus omnes

3:23
  from a MS in Kremsmünster, Austria  


The Gonzaga Band was formed by cornettist Jamie Savan in 1997, in order to explore historical approaches to the performance of vocal and instrumental music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Its line-up is flexible: the musicians heard on this recording – Steven Devine, Richard Sweeney and Faye Newton besides Jamie Savan himself – form the nucleus of the group, which expands on occasion to include other leading vocal and period-instrument specialists according to the specific requirements of each programme.  Jamie Savan commented on the recording, ‘Catherine Bott once described our blend of cornett and voice as that of “two soprano instruments” matched “in dazzling duet”. We hope our recording will live up to this high praise.’

The ensemble takes its name from the Gonzaga Dukes of Mantua, who were powerful and influential patrons of the arts in the late Renaissance period. The Gonzaga family employed Claudio Monteverdi as their maestro di cappella, and he presided over a musical establishment that was, for a time, the envy of the world.

For this collection The Gonzaga Band has chosen some of the most beautiful music from the dawn of the baroque era in Italy. Some of the composers, such as Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Merula and Grandi, are well known today. Others, such as Nicolò Corradini, Benedetto Re and Archangelo Crotti, are minor masters whose music has been unjustly forgotten.

All the composers represented on this disc share a gift for writing accessible, tuneful music for solo voice with obbligato instruments. The challenge is for the instrumentalist to play as vocally as possible, whilst the singer needs an instrumentalist’s technique to negotiate the virtuosic demands of this repertoire. The Gonzaga Band successfully meets this challenge in Sacred Garland. 

“A hugely enjoyable disc from an excellent young ensemble. I look forward to much more.”

Stephen Cassidy

Early Music Review - November 2009

“Soprano Faye Newton sings with lissom tone and perfect diction a line equal in power to her partner Jamie Savan on the cornett. The dance increases in potency with the verses. Savan produces the most seductive sound especially in the sinuous melody of his solo item Palestrina’s Pulchra es. Theorbo player Richard Sweeney touches the strings with soft fingers in the Toccatas...”

Rick Jones

Classic FM Magazine - October 2009

“Faultless and fascinating – must have music by Monteverdi’s contemporaries.” “Faye Newton sings delightfully, and the players – especially Savan on the cornett are impossible to fault. Great Stuff!”
Richard Lawrence

Gramophone - October 2009

“Recorded in the Church of St Andrew, Toddington, with just the right mix of intimacy and spaciousness, ‘Sacred Garland’ …is one of those discs which so perfectly seems to capture an entire lost world in microcosm.”  

Robert Levett

International Record Review - October 2009



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